US department store retailer Target Corp has named former Walmart sourcing executive, William Foudy Jr, as president of its global sourcing organisation.

Foudy, who joins the retailer on 17 June, will head up Target Sourcing Services, overseeing strategy, operations, quality assurance, product safety and responsible sourcing initiatives. He will report to Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Mark Tritton.

Target Sourcing Services has 14 offices around the world, which facilitate production in 34 countries. Target is the second largest US importer.

"Target's global sourcing operations are a key strength of ours and integral to our ability to deliver a differentiated assortment at an unmatched value in the market," says Tritton. "The broad scope of Bill's retail experience, including his tenure working with global brands, will accelerate our efforts as we continue to reimagine our owned brand portfolio."

Foudy brings to Target more than 25 years of experience in the sourcing industry and has led international teams for brands such as Adidas and Nike. Most recently, he comes from Walmart, where he was vice president of global sourcing, based in Hong Kong.

"Target has always excelled at creating consumer excitement with quality, exclusive merchandise," he says. "I'm thrilled to join and lead the world class sourcing team that contributes to Target's growth, industry leadership and guest experience."